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England have options - Adams

Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams believes the door is now open for a host of County Championship players to force their way into England's faltering team.

English cricket has fallen under heavy scrutiny after a torrid winter, with the Test side coachless and serious questions being asked of limited overs boss Ashley Giles and players across all formats.

England reached a new low on Monday as Stuart Broad's Twenty20 side, who crashed out the World Cup at the weekend, were beaten by Associate nation the Netherlands to finish joint-bottom of their group.

And Adams said: "It's been a tough winter and I think the players know that. They'll be looking forward to a little break and to crack on with some county cricket this summer.

"It's going to be a fascinating start to the year for everyone and especially for a number of individuals who are in the England window. Hopefully we can have a good start and help push those boys into the team.

"There are a number of guys here. Michael Carberry is in the England slot at the moment and hopefully he has a good start to the year and maintains that. James Vince is in their views I'm sure and Liam Dawson too, if he can put things together again.

"Outside of us, Sam Robson had a good year for Middlesex last year and he'll be pushing hard. James Taylor is obviously knocking on the door. There are plenty around."

Meanwhile, Gloucestershire director of cricket and former New Zealand coach, John Bracewell, believes England's poor performances only scratch the surface of their problems.

"Like everything it's an iceberg - 90 per cent of it is below the surface," he said. "As things go from bad to worse there is only so much you can let out but at the same time there is so much that is obvious.

"I feel sorry for the leadership group. How they've gone about things over the last four or five years has been absolutely outstanding and for it to collapse in the way it has done, so dramatically and so quickly, is something they will have to sort out very quickly."